THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Sister Lucy Kalappura, one of the nuns who protested against Bishop Franco Mulakkal who was accused of rape, has been dismissed from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation. She was warned earlier by the Church ‘since her lifestyle and actions are not in line with our religious community’.
Sister Lucy consistently stood with the survivor nun in the Bishop Franco rape case. She had also spoken on how the Church is wrong in cornering the nuns who are standing for a cause like protection against sexual harassment.
A charge sheet was filed against Bishop Franco earlier this year and he was booked by the police under IPC sections 342, 376 (2)(k) and (n), 377, and 506 (I).
'Save Our Sisters', a collective of nuns and members of the Church, welcomed the charge sheeting filing and called it a historic day in the realm of law and justice.
The complaint against him was registered in June last year by the Kuravilangad police after a nun alleged that she was raped by Mullakal at a guest house multiple times between 2014 to 2016.
The nun had alleged that the police did not respond to her reports earlier. Bishop Mulakkal had denied the allegations as "baseless and concocted" and Missionaries of Jesus had given a clean chit to Bishop Franco Mulakkal.
Their inquiry commission said that the nun who alleged rape conspired with others to defame Bishop Franco Mulakkal.